Yonhap News Agency Hosts National Multicultural Family Badminton Tournament in Goyang

GOYANG, South Korea - The city of Goyang played host to the 2023 National Multicultural Family Badminton Tournament on Saturday, a significant event organized by Yonhap News Agency, aimed at fostering unity and communication among multicultural families in South Korea through the sport of badminton.

According to Yonhap News Agency, the tournament was held at Goyang Gym, situated just north of Seoul, and saw the participation of around 500 players and their families from across the country. This year's event was jointly hosted with the Goyang City Sports Council, highlighting the collaborative efforts to support this initiative.

The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, the Goyang city government, the Korean Institute for Healthy Family, and Yonhap News TV were sponsors of this event. The tournament, which Yonhap News Agency has been organizing annually since 2010, aims to celebrate and support the integration of families from diverse national and cultural backgrounds in a society that is increasingly becoming more diverse.

Yonhap's CEO and President, Seong Ghi-hong, in his congratulatory speech, underscored the significance of the event, noting its uninterrupted continuity even during the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic. He expressed his hope for a safe and memorable experience for all participants.

Gender Equality Minister Kim Hyun-sook, represented by a senior ministry official, emphasized in a welcoming speech the government's commitment to developing policies that support the growth and harmony of multicultural families within society.

Adding to the event's significance, Jin Jong-oh, a four-time Olympic pistol shooting champion and co-president of the organizing committee for the Gangwon 2024 Winter Youth Olympics, shared his insights. He highlighted the power of sports, like badminton, in transcending language barriers and fostering connections among people. Jin noted badminton's accessibility and its role in bridging elite and recreational sports.

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